Russian invasion forces may be planning to blow up a dam near the Russian-occupied town of Svatove in Luhansk Oblast in order to slow down the advance of the Ukrainian military, the National Resistance Center reported on Jan. 7.
The center, a Ukrainian civil defense organization, said that an enemy engineering and sapper unit had arrived in the occupied city, and that it planned to study the possibility of blowing up the dam.
If they succeed in blowing up the dam, the Russians will blame Ukraine for it, the center claimed.
The dam was built across the course of the Khoryna river, and holds back a large reservoir to the northeast of Svatove. The Khoryna river is in turn a tributary of the Krasna river, which runs through the length of the Luhansk oblast town from north to south
Such actions as blowing up the reservoir dam would be “the deliberate destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and are not fitting, as they will not change the position of forces at the front,” the center said.
Moreover, the Russians may use the destruction of the dam as an excuse to forcibly move the local population, the center also claimed.
Head of the Luhansk Oblast Military Administration, Serhiy Haidai, reported on Jan. 6 that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are gradually advancing in the direction of the Svatove and Kreminna section of the front line in Luhansk Oblast.
However, progress for Ukrainian forces is slow, as the territory is heavily mined, Haidai said.